When you think about the toughest fat to get rid of on your body, most people’s minds would probably begrudgingly go right to their midsection. Belly fat is easy to gain and often extremely difficult to trim away, making it one of the most common parts of the body that people are self-conscious about.
If that’s you to a T, don’t lose hope! On top of a healthy diet with specific foods to target your tummy, there are exercises you can do to tighten your midsection — and they don’t have to be time-consuming, either.
Here are nine exercises that are easy to do, actually tighten your core, and only take ten minutes of your day to do!
1. The Roll
Targets: Lower abs
Start on your back. Lift your legs off the floor and extend them straight, with your hands spread to the sides. Bring your legs down toward the floor but try not to touch down. Then, bring your knees again into your trunk and go up once again.
Repeat for 30 seconds.
Targets: Obliques and lower abs
Begin in a similar position from the previous exercise with your legs up. This time you are running with your legs to the side. Bring your legs to the other side as close to the floor as possible, but try not to touch it.
Repeat this for 30 seconds, switching sides the whole time.
3. Starfish Crunch
Targets: Center and lower abs
You should lie on the floor with your arms and legs separated with your arms over your head. Then, touch the opposite foot to the opposite hand.
Repeat this for 30 seconds.
4. Mountain Climbers
Targets: Your entire core
Put your hands on the floor and bring your body to your toes; a.k.a. a plank position, with your spine nice and straight. You should bring your knees in rapidly, aiming for your elbows. Make sure to tighten your core, pulling your belly button into your spine.
Exchange your legs for 30 seconds.
5. Russian Twists
Start seated on the floor, leaning back at 45-degree angle. You can bring your legs up for more of a challenge or keep them on the floor. Bend your abdominal area by conveying your hands to the sides.
Repeat for 30 seconds.
6. Spiderman Planks
Targets: Center core and obliques
Start in a push-up position. Lift one leg so your knee will be twisted to 90 degrees. Keep your back straight and hold that position for 15 seconds. Switch legs and hold once again for 15 seconds.
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